Christopher Gerbi

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My research focuses on rheology – the mechanics of how rocks and ice deform. Some of the overarching questions I pursue include:

  • How well do the mechanical parameters in numerical models of Earth’s crust and glaciers reflect what actually happens?
  • How long is the crust’s rheological memory?
  • Is microstructure a significant control on strength in streaming ice?

I approach these questions using chemical and textural microanalysis, numerical models, geophysics (radar), geochronology, and, field observations.  In addition to rheological questions, I am interested in applying microanalytical techniques to any suitable problem, within or outside the Earth and Climate Sciences.  A list of current projects in on our geodynamics research group page.

I also co-manage our SEM laboratory, which consists of a Tescan Vega II XMU SEM with backscattered electron and cathodoluminescence detectors, EDAX Genesis EDS system with an Apollo40 SDD, and a TSL EBSD system integrated with the EDS system.

Finally, as an affiliate of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education, which offers the Master of Science in Teaching degree, I am involved in education research and professional development, particularly as it relates to Earth and Climate Sciences.


ERS151 – Experiencing Earth

ERS451 – Tectonics

ERS579 – Topics in Structure and Petrology

ERS581 – Proposal writing

SMT503 – Integrated approaches in Earth science education I